As I mentioned in the other article for Original Love's "Asahi no Ataru Michi"（朝日のあたる道）, that was the tune that first exposed me to the existence of the band. Takao Tajima（田島貴男） created this nice mix of jazz and soul that caught my attention. The album that it came on, "Kaze no Uta wo Kike"（風の歌を聴け） , was released back in 1994. My curiosity for Original Love had me buying at least one more album and a single, before I discovered that even before "Asahi no Ataru Michi", there had been another great song that might be Tajima's most famous creation.
"Seppun", which came out in November 1993, was written and composed by vocalist Tajima, and it's the man's vocal tribute to the grand ol' art of lip-locking. "Seppun" actually does mean kissing, although like the word for "lion"...shishi...the English equivalent, "kissu", has long usurped the Japanese original. Tajima's lyrics of how much he craves those kisses are wrapped around by another jaunty blend of jazz and soul, although I think the latter is more in charge here. And I've always enjoyed the singer's particular delivery.....perhaps appealingly craggy is the only way I can describe it. It's just a fun song to listen to.
The song managed to peak at No. 13 on the Oricon weeklies and ended up as the 98th-ranked tune for 1994. It was also a track on Original Love's first BEST album, "Sunny Side of Original Love" which came out in December 1993 which got as high as No. 6. I think the video below is for the version from this album. By the way, the song was also used as the theme for an NTV drama called appropriately "Otona no Kiss"（大人のキッス...Adult Kiss）.
According to J-Wiki, between the year that it was released and 2012, "Seppun" has gotten its accolades by the number of covers that have been done of the song. Singers from Akina Nakamori（中森明菜） to BENI have given their versions, but probably the most famous one is the one by Mika Nakashima（中島美嘉）. Her cover came out in June 2003 as her 8th single, and is arranged as a slower reggae-style ballad. Tajima was apparently very pleased with her take on his song, which did even better on the charts, rising as high as No. 4.
Finally, I leave you with Tajima in concert performing "Seppun".